Carry on Friends: Exploring Dual Citizenship

Strictly Facts: A Guide to Caribbean History and Culture

Aug 10 2022 • 33 mins

In the bonus episode, of Strictly Facts: A Guide to Caribbean History and Culture, we’re doing an episode swap with Carry on Friends: The Caribbean American Podcast.

In this episode, Keisha and Ashley are American-born with strong Jamaican family ties and discuss how their identities motivated them to obtain their Jamaican citizenship. They dive into what inspired them to consider dual citizenship. Ashley explains that while she didn’t need validation from getting her Jamaican citizenship, it is an opportunity that exists and she chose to take advantage of it. She also encourages others to explore this option.

We also touch on dual citizenship for children. Keisha, who has applied for Jamaican citizenship for both her daughter and herself, shares that Jamaica feels like a second home and she wants her daughter to feel the same way through having official Jamaican citizenship.

Additionally, they speak about the application process for Jamaican citizenship. Due to COVID, the process has been delayed so those considering this option should manage expectations, and ensure that they have all the details and documents they need to avoid delays. The process is relatively simple and Ashley’s platform provides resources to help guide those interested in dual citizenship.

While this conversation mainly focused on Jamaican citizenship, it can and should be extended to all other Caribbean countries. It’s a privilege to have dual citizenship and we should take advantage of it.

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